It’s nice to be compared to a growing success. But I’ve seen some people ask if Phreadz is ‘aping’ Seesmic or simply a copycat.
Sure, I’ve played on Seesmic, here are my posts from there – if you want to search my oldest posts, try out a search engine someone created at http://searchmic.com – look up ‘kosso’ and order by oldest. Oddly enough, that search engine looks very much like an unofficial Seesmic search engine I created back in December – as there was not (and still is not) an official one. I contributed a lot of ideas for seesmic back then, quite happily and honestly. For free. Six months have passed and many have yet to appear.
I’ve been involved in professional and personally pleasurable creative R&D in multimedia for many years. But a copycat? Not at all. No more a copycat than any site which uses Flash Communication/Media Server to record video in the browser could be accused of. Is Seesmic a copycat of YouTube video comments? No.
Odeo were very successful in implementing just audio recording (to start with) in order to create mp3 files as a podcast. Phreadz also has this feature too – with audio or video.
The feature set, the presentation and ‘available angles’ are quite different from Seesmic. (And certainly the money behind it)
Oddly enough, Phreadz has a YouTube, Qik & Seesmic channel experiment running – where people can pull in a post from these places (and more to come) and start a multimedia conversation around that post (Seesmic does this with YouTube video, for example) – but people could reply using audio or a photo, for example. There’s a lot of opportunity for ‘mashups’ like this here.
Every user, channel and even *post* has its own full RSS feed (with media and enclosures)
Phreadz will also be letting the users apply Creative Commons licensing to *their* content/posts – rather like Flickr does with photos (and now video).
Phreadz can also (optionally) extract GPS location data from photos and present the user with a Google Map of where the photo was taken!
Phreadz is also a tool to distribute your posts to other places which you might have an account: flickr, blip.tv, WordPress, Blogger, Twitter, Jaiku etc. – even Seesmic! eg: I record a video to start a conversation and I can check a box to send a copy of that video to my blip.tv account, embed it in my blog and send a link to my Twitter account – and even send the video to my Seesmic account – all from one place. (Though I will be going through everyone’s ToS to see what implications / limitations there might be there)
I use all these sites and systems all the time. I just wanted a way to make it easier and save time. So I decided to build it – because I could. I have talked about the concept of Phreadz long before Seesmic appeared on the scene – and arguably since Macromedia first released Flash Communication Server in 2002 (or at least the Flash video aspect).
I have been waiting a very long time for people to catch up and *want* to post this sort of choice and mix of content.
Welcome to Semantic Multimedia, where every post has context, a ‘pathway’ to it and plenty of metadata in between. (And a short permalink url!)
I am in the process of doing a lot of documentation now, which I will be using to help educate existing and incoming new users to Phreadz – and also to help my pitch it to potential clients, partners and angel investors.
As of the end of July, I’m out of a (fulltime) job – I want Phreadz to be my next (and only) one 🙂
Here are some screenshots to whet your appetite.
Every user has a ‘MY.PHREADZ’ page where they can view posts only by people they ‘follow’ and see the channels they were posted in:
Within their MY.PHREADZ page, members can also see an archive of all their previous posts as a calendar view:
Phreadz users can also ‘bookmark’ any post in the conversation network for easy access, so they can jump right back in where they left off. A favourites features called ‘PHREADZ GOLD’ is also on the way:
PHREADZ has ‘channels’ dedicated to specific topics. The ‘alfalfa’ testers have been given the opportunity to start their own free channel. (Channels will not be free after launch, though a version of channels will be provided freely for all users as ‘groups’) – Here are some exmaples:
Stay tuned for information on how to join Phreadz for testing!
If you are interested in joining us for the ‘open beetroot phase’, please drop me a line on join [at] phreadz.com and I will get back to you as soon as I tie up a few things and scrape together some more money to help deal with you all and get my baby truly off the ground and launched!
Thanks for your patience! 🙂